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Sharapova given US Open wild-card entry

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NEW YORK (AP) Maria Sharapova was granted a wild-card invitation for the U.S. Open's main draw on Tuesday and will take part in a Grand Slam event for the first time in more than 1+ years.

Sharapova is among eight women given entry into the 128-player field by the U.S. Tennis Association - and by far the most noteworthy.

The former No. 1-ranked player and owner of five major titles, including the 2006 U.S. Open, has not entered a major tournament since the Australian Open in January 2016, when she tested positive for the newly banned drug meldonium.

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